Mayor Ginther and the Columbus Police Department say the Safe Streets program is working.
Currently, there have been 613 arrests made in neighborhoods such as Linden, Hilltop, and Parsons Avenue on the south side of Columbus, according to Columbus Police.
Officials are crediting the number of arrests to the Safe Streets program.
“In the past when we’ve seen, nationwide, more officers put on the streets the idea is that it’s going to be just for enforcement. We’re going to crack down on crime. We’re going to make more arrest and hopefully, that solves the program,” Sgt. Frederick Brophy said.
Brophy has been working in the hilltop with the Safe Streets program.
He says getting criminals off the street is important. But said the number that is more important is 8,351. That’s the number of times a person in these three neighborhoods came to the police for help.
“Residents are more willing to share information and tips about things they are seeing in their neighborhoods,” Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther said.
Brophy said developing a relationship with members of the community is important to community policing.
“The day to day of my officers out on their bicycles talking to citizens, getting outside of that cruiser, (and listening has made a difference),” Brophy said. “What it was is truly focus on what the neighborhood, what the community members said. This is why we fear living in our community can you help us with that?”
Ginther said he hopes this program continues to grow.